|I need a Web Address......||magnum|
Jul 19, 2002 11:47 AM
|Does Maestro Bikes have a web addy - if so - what is it?
|www.maestro.co.uk ( i think)||Dave Hickey|
Jul 19, 2002 11:55 AM
|My bad. www.maestro-uk.com nm||Dave Hickey|
Jul 19, 2002 11:57 AM
|Here's the Problem||magnum|
Jul 19, 2002 12:02 PM
|If I intend to buy a European bike wouldn't it be a whole lot cheaper to buy it from a European reseller - then have them ship it to the Good ole USA?
I mean I could go to a shop here - find what I like - yadda yadda......... Buy the frame from overseas and then toss my LBS a bone and buy my components and wheelset from them.
I just want a nice bike - but I don't want to have to pay more than I have to from a stateside LBS
|Here's the Problem||magnum|
Jul 19, 2002 12:09 PM
|To me buying a De Rosa Merak for 1450(US) before shipping is going to save a ton of money than from buying it from a dealer here for 2850. Maestro does ship to the US? How much could shipping be on a frame and fork?
|Here's the Problem||flying|
Jul 19, 2002 12:29 PM
|add 85 pounds/ $135.00 for shipping & insurance to US.
I have already checked with him.
But also there will be duty on this end.
Not enough to cancel it being a great deal though.
3.9% for frames over 600 dollars worth I believe.
Also remember if you have a problem your on your own
or shipping back to UK
|Do whatever you prefer. If what you want is an Italian||djg|
Jul 19, 2002 12:24 PM
|or French frame, prices overseas tend to be MUCH lower than US prices. On Colnago and De Rosa in particular, maestro charges about half of US retail. Shipping is not trivial, but it doesn't even come close to bridging the gap.
Should you buy overseas? A good LBS can add value to your purchase in various ways. And they'll likely give you a break on the entire build if you buy everything from them. What's worth what in a given situation is up to you. I've bought both here and abroad--when I wanted a Colnago I ordered it from maestro because the price difference was enormous. There are lots of ways to skin this cat--cost out several and see what you think.
|I never paid any duty on my Merak from Maestro||onespeed|
Jul 19, 2002 12:45 PM
|I was lucky and was never contacted about paying duty for my Merak. It is all a crap shoot (I hope).
I then bought the gruppo from another website and then took the whole thing to the LBS. They did the build and I added a few odds and ends and the LBS made another $600 off of me.
I got what I wanted and they got a good amount of money out of me. Plus, I am in there all the time for incidentals.
An LBS to me is for service and emergencies. There is no way I would choose to pay US retail for something that I can get significantly cheaper elsewhere.
|I never paid any duty on my Merak from Maestro||magnum|
Jul 19, 2002 3:31 PM
|I have to totally agree with you. I don't mind paying to be fitted at all at a LBS - so long as they're not going to rip me a new one.
Where online can I buy entire Grouppos for a decent price? I would like to build my own bike - but I've never built a bike before.
|re: I need a Web Address......||silroadbike|
Jul 19, 2002 5:29 PM
|I ordered a CT1 frame from Maestro a couple of days ago. I emailed a couple of times then called for the deposit. Mike is very nice and helpful. The bike with shipping and handling, duty etc is way cheaper than the U.S.|| |